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Sexual Identity Differences and Binge Drinking

Addiction; ePub 2017 Sep 23; Fish, Hughes, et al

In the US, sexual minority women are more likely, and sexual minority men are equally likely, to drink at standard and high-intensity binge drinking levels as their heterosexual counterparts, according to a recent study. Researchers evaluated adults aged ≥18 years (n=215,684; n=203,562 heterosexual, n=2,784 lesbian/gay, n=2,892 bisexual, n= 686 “other,” and n=1,947 don't know/unsure). They found:

  • Lesbian and bisexual women were more likely than heterosexual women to report consuming 4+ drinks, 8+ drinks, and 12+ drinks in a single occasion in the past 30 days.
  • Generally, gay and bisexual men were no more likely than heterosexual men to report standard or high-intensity binge drinking.
  • However, bisexual men were more likely than heterosexual men to consume 15+ drinks.
  • Rates of standard and high-intensity binge drinking were similar between heterosexual and unsure men and women.
  • Men and women who indicated “other” sexual identities were generally less likely than heterosexuals to report standard and high-intensity binge drinking, with the exception of 4+ drinks for women and 10+ drinks for men.
Citation:

Fish JN, Hughes TL, Russell ST.  Sexual identity differences in high-intensity binge drinking: Findings from a US national sample. [Published online ahead of print September 23, 2017]. Addiction. doi:10.1111/add.14041.

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